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Jean-Philippe Rameau

Donald Macleod explores the operas of Jean-Phillipe Rameau.

At his death in 1764, Rameau, by then an octogenarian, had more than 30 stage works to his credit. It’s a remarkable achievement when you consider he produced his first opera at the age of 50. Up to that point, although details about his life are surprisingly patchy, he appears to have held a succession of posts in the provinces, as an organist, teacher and theoretician, seemingly without even a whiff of greasepaint. Then, at an age when one might assume his chosen path was settled, Rameau upped sticks, came back to Paris and conquered the stage with breathtaking speed.
Across the week Donald Macleod focusses on those heady, initial years in the French capital, building a picture of what made Rameau into a highly successful, if controversial, theatrical composer.

Music featured:
Hippolyte et Aricie
Thétis
Concert No. 1 in C minor
Les Indes Galantes (suite)
La Pouplinière
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin
Castor et Pollux
Quatrième concert
Les fêtes d’Hébé, (opera-ballet)
Le Rappel des Oiseaux
Les soupirs
Les cyclops
Les fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour
Dardanus
Les tricotets
L’indifferente
La poule
l’enharmonique
l’égiptienne

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Felix Mendelssohn

Donald Macleod journeys through the life of Felix Mendelssohn.

Mendelssohn was a leading figure of German music in his day, and became something of an international celebrity. He was at the very forefront of music making during the 1830s and 1840s, as a composer, conductor, pianist and organist. He began as a highly gifted and versatile prodigy, and rose to become one of Germany’s first rank composers of the early romantic period. He composed music in many genres including concertos, oratorios, symphonies, songs and chamber music. Amongst some of his most famous works are the highly evocative and dramatic overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and his mature and richly romantic Violin Concerto.

In Composer of the Week, Donald Macleod journeys through the life of Felix Mendelssohn, exploring in particular a number of influences upon the composer’s works: Mozart, his travels in Italy, Bach, his visits to London, and his wife and muse, Cecile.

Music featured:
Die beiden Padagogen
Duo Sonata in G minor
Piano Quartet No 2 in F minor, Op 2 (Allegro molto vivace)
Piano Concerto in A minor
Lieder ohne Worte, Op 19B No 6 (Venetianisches Gondellied)
Psalm 115 Non nobis Domine, Op 31
Nachspiel in D major
Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italian)
String Symphony No 5 in B flat major (Allegro vivace)
Prelude and Fugue No 1 in E minor, Op 35
Paulus, Op 36 (Rise! Up! Arise!)
Organ Sonata in C minor, No 2 Op 65
Elijah, Op 70 (It is enough)
Sechs Lieder ohne Worte, Book 1 Op 19b (Moderato)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Overture)
Rondo Brillant, Op 29
Erntelied, Op 8 No 4
Pilgerspruch, Op 8 No 5
Elijah, Op 70 (For the mountains shall depart)
Sechs Lieder ohne Worte Op 38 No 6 (Duetto: Andante)
Ich wollt’ meine Lieb’ ergosse sich, Op 63 No 1
Herbstlied, Op 63 No 4
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op 37 No 1
Concerto in E minor for violin and orchestra, Op 64
String Quartet in E minor, Op 44 No 2 (Presto agitato)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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George Gershwin

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of George Gershwin.

When a second-hand piano was hoisted through the window of the Gershwin family’s Lower East Side apartment, a window was quite literally opened onto a new world. Donald begins by looking at Gershwin’s early and lifelong love of the instrument. For many, he was the foremost composer of the “jazz age” and it’s through jazz-inflected interpretations that his music has reached its widest audience. Next, Donald tells the story of Gershwin’s excursions in the concert hall. He may have been the toast of Broadway, but his attempts to move musically out of the theatre district and into the hallowed portals of the city’s concert halls were, despite some successes, constantly frustrated and a source of disappointment to him. To end, Donald charts George Gershwin’s final years, partly spent in a ramshackle beach cottage on Folly Island in South Carolina. His memorable musical experiences with the local Gullah people eventually inspired his magnum opus, the opera Porgy and Bess.

Music featured:
Summertime
That Certain Feeling
Three Preludes
Piano Concerto in F
Has Anyone Seen Joe
The Real American Folk Song
Fascinating Rhythm
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm
I Got Rhythm Variations
Someone to Watch Over Me
Rhapsody in Blue
Second Rhapsody
American in Paris
Strike Up the Band Overture
Cuban Overture
My Man’s Gone Now
I Got Plenty of Nothin’
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
It Ain’t Necessarily So
I Loves You Porgy
Catfish Row Suite

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Martin Williams

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Heinrich Schütz

Donald Macleod journeys through Christmas week in the company of Heinrich Schütz.

Donald begins by dipping a toe into the fertile archival territory of Schütz’s own writings, a fascinating window onto the life of the composer. Then we’re to the Striezelmarkt for a pastry and a glass of Glühwein, with a look at Christmas in 17th-century Dresden. Onwards to Venice, where Schütz studies with Gabrieli and hobnobs with Monteverdi. Next, things turn serious, as Schütz is swept up in the convulsions of the 30 Years’ War and its impact is felt on musical life. Finally, Donald looks at the great music of Schütz’s final years, his attempts to retire – and eventually bids farewell with his Schwanengesang.

Music featured:
Cantate Domino canticum novum, SWV 281
O quam tu pulchra es, SWV 265
Wie sehr lieblich und schöne sind doch die Wohnung dein, SWV 181
Habe deine Lust an dem Herren, SWV 311
Concert in Form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Missa, SWV 279
Gedenke deinem Knechte an dein Wort, SWV 485
Hodie Christus natus est, SWV 456
Warum toben die Heiden, SWV 23
Ein Kind ist uns geboren, SWV 302
Verbum caro factum est, SWV 314
The Christmas Story, SWV 435
Jubilate Deo in chordis et organo, SWV 276
Ride la primavera, SWV 7
Di marmo siete voi, SWV 17
Vasto mar, nel cui seno, SWV 19
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, SWV 41
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, SWV 29
Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen, SWV 34
Fili mi, Absalon, SWV 269
In te, Domine, speravi, SWV 259
Es steh Gott auf, SWV 356
‘O, Herr, hilf’, SWV 402
Syncharma musicum, SWV 49
Da pacem, Domine’, SWV 465
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, SWV 328
O süsser, o freundlicher Herr Jesu Christ, SWV 285
Erhöre mich, wenn ich dich rufe, SWV 289
Ist Gott für uns, SWV 329
Ich bin eine rufende Stimme, SWV 383
Verleih uns Frieden genädiglich, SWV 372
Das Wort ward Fleisch, SWV 385
Das ist je gewisslich wah, SWV 388
Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich, SWV 45
Auf dem Gebirge, SWV 396
Feget den alten Sauerteig aus, SWV 404
Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich? SWV 415
Komm, heiliger Geist SWV 417
Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen, SWV 424
Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100), SWV 493
St Matthew Passion, SWV 479
Mein Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Chris Barstow for BBC Wales

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Heinrich Schütz: https://bbc.in/2EOdISN

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Donald Macleod surveys the life and work of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky-Korsakov’s music is filled with lush orchestration and hints of orientalism and folk music. These elements and his role as a leading member of “The Mighty Handful” of composers who sought to forge a truly nationalistic music have led him to be regarded as the main architect of the Russian style of composition we know today. We hear about Rimsky Korsakov’s lifelong relationship with the sea, his fascination with myths and folklore, the acts of rebellion which pepper his life, his changing religious beliefs and his carefully constructed legacy.

Music featured:
By the Sea, Op 46: The Wave Breaks into a Spray
Scheherazade (I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship)
From Homer Op.60
Symphony No 1 (II. Andante tranquillo)
Sadko, Op. 6
Trombone Concerto (I. Allegro Vivace)
Captivated by the Rose, the Nightingale (4 Songs, Op 2 No 2)
Antar: IV. Allegretto – Adagio
Skazka, Op 29
Capriccio Espagnol, Op 34
Hymn to the Sun from The Golden Cockerel
Allegro in B flat major (Les Vendredis, Book II)
Overture on Russian Themes, Op 28
Symphony No 3: II. Scherzo
Kashchey the Immortal: Tableau 3
Suite from “The Golden Cockerel”: IV. Wedding Feast – Death of King Dodon – Finale
Octave (5 Songs “To the Poet”, Op 45)
May Night: Overture
Snow Maiden: Act IV Finale
Russian Easter Festival Overture
Chants for Holy Week
The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya Suite: I. Hymn to Nature
Flight of the Bumblebee (Tsar Saltan)
Maid of Pskov – Overture
Night on the Bare Mountain
Polonaise (Christmas Eve Suite)
Mlada: Act III, Scenes 2 and 3
Mozart & Salieri: Scene 2 (extract)
Upon the hills of Georgia, Op 3
Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Donald Macleod delves into the character and music of Camille Saint-Saëns

This week’s episode begins with a look at Saint-Saëns the innovator, who introduced new-fangled ideas to an opera-loving Parisian public. Donald investigates the driving force behind the composer’s unstoppable ambition and his dogged determination to find an audience for his music. Next, the playful side of Saint-Saëns’ character – one which he kept under wraps in public, yet amongst friends and in private correspondence he sparkled with wit, and it reveals itself in some of his most popular and enduring music. We hear about the many obstacles Saint-Saëns encountered in his attempts to be recognised as a serious operatic composer, and finally, the composer’s critical views on emerging musical trends in the final decades of his life, when he was condemned as a reactionary for his outmoded attitudes.

Music featured:
Guitares et mandolines
Havanaise
Piano Trio No 1 in F, Op 18 (1st mvt)
Piano Concerto No 2
Danse Macabre
Tarantelle
Piano Quintet in A minor Op 14 (final mvt)
Cello Concerto No 1
Septet
La Cigale et la Fourmi
Wedding Cake Waltz
La Coccinelle
Suzette et Suzon
Tournoiement ‘Songe d’opium’
Six Studies for the Left Hand, Op 135 (Nos 4, 5 & 6)
Le Carnaval des Animaux
La Princesse Jaune: Overture
O Cruel Souvenir (Henry VIII)
Samson et Dalila: Act II (excerpt)
Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)
Proserpine: Act II (excerpt)
L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise (5th tableau)
Fantaisie for violin and harp
Piano Concerto No 5 (1st mvt)
Romance for flute and piano
Organ Symphony (2nd mvt)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Deborah Preston for BBC Wales

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Billy Strayhorn

Donald Macleod looks at five key environments that shaped Billy Strayhorn’s personal and musical trajectory.

Donald starts the journey in Homewood, Pittsburgh, where Billy Strayhorn’s early life was over-shadowed by poverty and a violent father. Over six years of toil as a “soda jerk and delivery boy” he saved up for music college, but an Art Tatum record showed him that everything he loved about classical music was there in one form or another in jazz. Strayhorn cut free and moved to New York, where his path crossed with Duke Ellington. He was quick to discover an exciting new world of opportunity, playing and writing for Ellington’s famous band – a complex relationship that continued for almost thirty years. Work took him to Hollywood – Donald explores the reasons why this turned out to be both an opportunity and a source of disillusionment. We also hear of Strayhorn’s love affair with Paris, the city where he found the night-life and the artistic independence he craved, and where he was given the chance to record his first album under his own name. Finally, Donald charts the ups and many downs of Strayhorn’s final years, which he spent in Riverside Drive, New York.

Music featured:
Take the “A” Train
Lush Life
Valse
Something to Live For
Fantastic Rhythm
Suite for the Duo
My little Brown Book
The Hues
Snibor
Tonk
Passion Flower
Your Love has faded
Three and Six
Grouya/Anderson, arr. Strayhorn: Flamingo
Chelsea Bridge
Strayhorn/Ellington: The Perfume Suite
Clementine
Ellington/Strayhorn/Gaines: Just a-sittin’ and a rockin’
Rain Check
Pentonsilic
You’re the One
Tchaikovsky, arr Strayhorn: The Nutcracker Suite
Boo-dah
Ballad for very tired and very sad lotus eaters
Johnny Come Lately
Satin Doll
Music for The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in their Garden
The Newport Jazz Festival Suite
Multicoloured Blue
Day Dream
UMMG
Ellington/Strayhorn: Smada
Cue’s Blue Now
Far East Suite
Blood Count
Cashmere Cutie
Le Sacre Supreme
Lotus Blossom

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Gioachino Rossini

Donald Macleod presents five takes on the life and music of Gioachino Rossini.

Donald starts by unpacking the winning formula Rossini hit on right at the start of his operatic career. Aged 18, Rossini was thrown in at the deep end, learning on the job at Venice’s Teatro San Moisè, and the structural groundplan he concocted for his early farces continued to come in handy later in life. Rossini is best known as a composer of comic operas, but Donald introduces us to his serious side, looking at three of his opere serie: Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, Zelmira and Ermione. Next, a look at Rossini’s life through the enthusiastic but distorting lens of the writer Stendahl, the composer’s earliest biographer and an eyewitness of his most productive period. Donald then delves into the large collection of music that Rossini didn’t have to write – his forays into other genres and forms that came out of his spare time and retirement. Finally, we journey to Paris, to explore the composer’s on-off relationship with the city where he wrote so many of his most celebrated works.

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Chris Barstow for BBC Wales

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François Couperin

Donald Macleod marks 350 years since the birth of François Couperin, one of France’s most dazzling musical talents.

Donald begins by leading us through a gallery of the musical portraits that Couperin composed – depicting his contemporaries Lully and Corelli, his aristocratic patrons, and well-known mythological figures. Next, he delves into Couperin’s extraordinary musical family tree, boasting a long line of 7 Couperins who served as organist of St Gervais in Paris. Throughout his glittering career at court, Francois Couperin maintained a loyal connection with his family church and dedicated several works for liturgical use there. We also hear about Couperin’s time in the court of Louis XIV – as the Sun King’s composer, writing music for the Versailles Chapel and court entertainment, but also as royal harpsichord tutor. Finally, Donald examines how Couperin embraced the new musical idioms emerging from other countries, and in particular introduced Italian flavours to his native French style.

Music featured:
La Couperin
Salve Regina
L’Apothéose de Corelli
La Charoloise
La Princesse de Sens
Arianne consolée par Bacchus
Regina coeli laetare, Alleluia
Louis Couperin: Five Fantasies
Pange lingua en basse
Quatre versets du motet
Armand-Louis Couperin: Simphonie de clavecins, in D major
La Manon
L’Enchanteresse
La Fleurie ou la tendre Nanette
Les plaisirs de Saint Germain en Laye
Domine salvum fac regem
Messe pour les couvents (Gloria)
Troisième Leçon
Les Nations (La Francois)
Messe pour les paroisses (Agnus Dei)
L’Art de toucher le clavecin
Respice in me
Concert Royaux (Premier Concert)
Pieces de violes avec la basse chifree (Deuxième Suite)
La Milordine
La Piemontoise
Les Gouts-reunis ou Nouveaux Concerts (Cinquième Concert)
Quatrième livre de Pieces de clavecin, Vingt-troisième ordre

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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